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Tribal laws of the Erdkunni are as follows, hereby approved and ordained by the Council and Chieftain:

(I) Sippe-Folk will not quarrel amongst themselves.
          -Considered a Lesser Transgression.
          -Intolerable due to a display of discord and apprehension in a community and family. Such an offense is taken to Dingmoot, where the Chieftain and Council will designate the agitator and penalize him/her for weaving such dysfunction.
(II) The seizure of another Sippe-Man's possessions is prohibited
      -Considered a Lesser Transgression.
      -The prohibition of thievery amongst kinsmen maintains the sanctity of one's own property. Another's charity should not be abused, and such a perpetration is an insult to the communal bond.
(III) Non-Consensual sexual forwardness is impermissible. There are three degrees of this offense:
      i. Tenacious Advances of Appeal - Unwelcome flirtation after being repudiated.
      ii. Unwanted Assertion of Desires - Physical contact, which may bypass the First Degree. This includes groping or caressing.
      iii. Rape - A Greater Transgression, unlike Tenacious Advances of Appeal and Unwanted Assertion of Desires. Rape has a three step penalty, explained later on in "Penalties and Precedents."
(IV) Gossip will be diffused swiftly; do not spread Groundless rumors about a Sippe-wo/man.
      - Considered a Lesser Transgression
      - Gossip and Rumor are puerile, brought about to stir up strife among friends and develop unnecessary drama.
(V) Treachery is Unacceptable. For any One individual Designated by Betrayal, the entirety of the Chieftain, his degans, and Folk are slighted.
      - Considered a Greater Transgression.
      - When one is unable to trust a Kinsmen, it becomes difficult to function within a community without fear of perfidy or 'backstabbing.'

Penalties and Precedents

Law I - Punishment(s) are as Follows:
      1st Time Offense - Tax of 12% Salary to Sippe. If two offenders are decided as Guilty, they are both imposed with a 12% tax. If only one, this tax is divided evenly: 6% to the Sippe as a Whole, 6% to the Victim for a length of time defined at Thing.
      2nd Offense - If the 1st Law is Perpetrated Twice, the Culprit's tax is elongated or re-instituted, and are thereby stripped of era (more thoroughly explained in Precedents).
      3rd Offense - Taxation and Suspension of Participation in Sippe-Activity. The Chieftain or Council will keep the individual updated on proceedings, so that when the Suspension has been lifted, they will not return ignorant.
      4th Offense- Expulsion. This is the community's revocation to allow the perpetrator sanctuary amongst its folk.

Law II - Punishment(s) as Follows:
      1st Offense - Tax of 12%, with an additional fee of compensating the individual by returning the item's cost at purchase. Example: a $50 vase is stolen. When caught, the culprit will be assigned a Tax, and must also pay a $50 scyld, despite wear and tear.
      2nd Offense - Taxation, Wergild, and Suspension.
      3rd Offense- Expulsion. A consistent thief weaves too much distrust and cannot be permitted to reside among honest folk.

Law III - Punishment(s) are as Follows: Due to Law III being divided into three sub-categories, each specific form has its own meter of Offense and Penalization.
Law III.i
      1st Offense - Taxation and Formal Apology.
      2nd Offense - Taxation and Suspension.
      3rd Offense - Expulsion.
Law III.ii
      1st Offense - Taxation and Suspension.
      2nd Offense - Expulsion.
Law III.iii Only one Offense equals a three-step penalization: Outlawry, Imprisonment, Alerting of Vinland Authorities.

Law IV - Punishment(s) as Follows:
      1st Offense - Taxation.
      2nd Offense - Taxation, Must Adorn the "Whisperer's Cloth," and Stripped of Era.
      3rd Offense - Taxation and Suspension.
      4th Offense- Expulsion.

Law V - Punishment(s) as Follows:
      Any Traitor is labeled Outlaw and Expelled.

      Precedent I - Any Skalk who makes an Offense is Expelled.
      Precedent II- One who refuses the judgement of Dingmoot is expelled.
      Precedent III - All disciplinary action is decided at Dingmoot.
      Precedent IV- Laws are subject to circumstantial alteration at the discretion of the Chieftain and Council.